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Ephemera: The Business Machines and Equipment Digest, 1927

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Digital Ephemera

Presented here is a digital copy of The Business Machines and Equipment Digest, published in 1927.1 It is a thick volume, containing perhaps a thousand or more pages, offering detailed information about typewriters and other office products. I’ve included jpegs of the pages relevant to typewriters, as well as PDFs which readers can download freely. I don’t possess scanning equipment equivalent to Google’s — they invented scanners that flatten curved images, so as not to damage books — but I’ve produced very decent copies.

To download the PDFs, right-click and select save…

Note: These are large files.

Typewriters (Portable, Standard, and Auxiliary Attachments)
Typewriter Serial Numbers
Auxiliary Addressing Equipment — typewriter attachments

Individual JPEGs are below —

Typewriters, pp. 1-8

BMED - typewriters pp 01-00

BMED - typewriters008

BMED - typewriters009

BMED - typewriters010

Portable Typewriters

BMED - typewriters011

BMED - typewriters012

BMED - typewriters013

BMED - typewriters014

Standard Typewriters

BMED - typewriters015

BMED - typewriters016

BMED - typewriters017

BMED - typewriters018

BMED - typewriters019

BMED - typewriters020

BMED - typewriters021

BMED - typewriters022

BMED - typewriters023

BMED - typewriters024

BMED - typewriters025

Motorized Typewriters

BMED - typewriters026

BMED - typewriters027

BMED - typewriters028

BMED - typewriters029

Typewriter Auxiliaries

BMED - typewriters030

BMED - typewriters031

BMED - typewriters032

Typewriter serial numbers, pp. 16-24

I believe the same information can be found at TypewriterDatabase.com.

BMED - serial numbers pp 16-17

BMED - serial numbers pp 18-19

BMED - serial numbers pp 20-21

BMED - serial numbers pp 22-23

BMED - serial numbers pp 24-01

Auxiliary Addressing Equipment, pp. 69-72

BMED - attachments001

BMED - attachments002

BMED - attachments003

© 2014, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

  1. No copyright is included, nor publication date, but Google books records the date as 1927 — see listing here. []
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  • Richard P February 6, 2014, 12:36 am

    Wow, this looks VERY valuable. Thanks!

  • T. Munk February 6, 2014, 3:53 am

    This does appear to be a new source. It’s certainly not one I’ve seen before, and even if the info is replicated elsewhere, it’s still handy as a corroboration source. (:

  • Nick February 6, 2014, 4:41 am

    Could you add the Green Pages with the dealers?

    • Mark Adams February 6, 2014, 4:54 am

      Despite being a profoundly thick volume, I do not believe my copy is complete. No green pages. After a few introductory pages, mine begins at section 2.

      Though not available for viewing on Google, it is listed http://books.google.com/books?id=h0IHHAAACAAJ

      The publication date is 1927, so I will be modifying the title of this post.

  • T. Munk February 6, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I’ve added a link to this post as “Source #31” for the Typewriter Database. It looks to me to be valuable specifically because it details design changes between years for various early models – something other sources lack (probably possible here because there just wasn’t that many typewriters to list in ’27, so they had the column inches available for details, I guess) 😀

  • Tony Casillo April 13, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Very Nice. Thanks for taking the time to scan & post this. This is a great reference tool. I’ve bookmarked it for future visits.

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